Head of Department - Science (with opportunity of leading STEM across the school for the right candidate)

Oakbank SchoolWokingham

Job purpose

• To provide effective leadership and management of the science department

• To ensure high levels of achievement for all students in the subject

• Responsible for the work, administration and development of the department

Main duties and responsibilities

Leading teaching & learning

• Ensure effective teaching and learning strategies are in place across the whole department in support of the school improvement plan

• Implement teaching and learning methodologies in the department as set out by the school’s Senior Leadership Team

• Monitor and evaluate standards of teaching, student progress and classroom management across the department

• Set high expectations for staff and students

• Ensure assessment within the department is of the highest standard

• Plan and oversee educational visits and/or events appropriate to the curriculum or subject area

Working with others

• Actively support the school’s and trust’s values and vision through the work of the department

• Make a positive contribution to the wider life of the school

• Work with other Heads of Department, Middle Leaders and Senior Leaders on curriculum and school-wide issues

Leading and managing staff

• Lead and motivate the team, ensuring a focus on improving student outcomes

• Encourage effective teamwork, collaboration, sharing, reflection, a joint sense of purpose and a supportive team culture

• Lead teaching of the subject in the department, implementing a progressive and challenging curriculum

• Ensure all team members maintain high professional standards and follow policies, procedures and expectations of the school

• Lead well organised, focussed and productive department meetings

• Develop the department to be an example of excellence to others within the school

• Demonstrate commitment to good work life balance through modelling good practice and considering the impact of decisions on workload across the team

• Appraise staff and contribute to their professional development


• Manage the department’s budget and resources, complying with Anthem policies and procedures, to ensure maximum benefit for students

• Ensure the department accommodation provides a positive and safe environment which promotes wellbeing and high achievement

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